Effective Dates: June 13 – November 20 2016
Helios’ Astrological angle on Neptune Retrograde:
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” -John Lubbock
Well boys and girls, here we are at our sparkly new site! Isn’t it great? Take a look around, check out the back issues, take your time- we’ll be here when you get back (though open this page in a new tab to make sure you don’t lose us!) *does a quick bump* Oh sorry, didn’t see you were back! Good, let’s talk about Neptune.
Oh don’t groan, we have to notice Xim/Xer once in a while. Especially since they do all that clamoring for representation. Yes, all the tumblr multi-gender expression, neon hair-bob cut, fedora wearing “ask me about my pronouns” shirt wearing, dakimakura-waifuing, fursona/otherkin clan that have taken over a corner of the internet in recent years, are all facets of Neptune- And best way to imagine Neptune in 2016 is to picture all of those as one person.
The important thing to remember is that all of those tribes came about because of one thing that those people all had in common- A palpable feeling of being different, not fitting in, and searching for a place to belong. At one point all of those groups started from one person being brave enough to tell the world at large who/what they were (and more often than not, what they were into!). We all have a part of us, somewhere, that is weird and vastly misunderstood, and Neptune is going to do Their damndest to make sure that is brought out in you, and brought out to you by others. If you haven’t made peace with that part of yourself yet, this will be a rough transit. If you have, you might be pleasantly surprised as to the level of support you find by allowing your uniqueness more screentime. Either way, you will run into those who are struggling, and what is asked of you is patience and understanding. Most of all to yourself.
Besides, what we view as “normal” or “acceptable” is mostly based on outdated puritanical homodogmatic views. Things are more complicated now, but the tapestry of experience is enriched vastly because of it. More importantly, our experiences shape who we are- if we were treated poorly when we dared to express our uniqueness (or saw someone else treated terribly because of them expressing theirs, in my case) that will cause us to hide withing ourselves, and wear masks, putting us “in the closet” so to speak (note- this doesn’t necessarily have to mean sexuality. Lord knows that’s hardly unique anymore. It can be anything that sets you apart from the world at large, anywhere you are in the minority”). The worst parts of Neptune- Delusion, secrecy, substance abuse, addiction and escapism… they come from a rejection of the true self, by yourself or others. You become trapped by the fear that your act isn’t good enough, and that you will be found out by someone. You police your own actions, being on guard for anything that might give you away. It is hell, and anyone who has been in those shoes can attest to that. We all seek freedom, and acceptance for who we really are. We want to be seen as we truly are- nothing is as liberating as that. This is the challenge Neptune presents us now- To be brave, be honest, and be true to ourselves; and to be kind to those who trust us enough to be brave for us.
Now if you don’t mind, I have some drugs to get back to. Take it away, Artemis!
Artemis’ Tarot take on Neptune Retrograde:
“You said you were a fairy princess
You said you were a shooting star
You said we’d go to Bora Bora
Now look at where the fuck we are”
― Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
Cards: 2 of Cups, Knight of Swords, 8 of Swords
I always think of the trans Saturnian planets as the higher octave of the original 7 “planets.” Uranus represents change, innovation, and flashes of insight. He is the mad scientist, rebel activist, douchebag hipster of the planets. To me, he feels like he reflects a higher aspect of Mercurial energy. Then comes Neptune, who is commonly equated to being Venus’ higher vibration. She represents universal love, as opposed to personal love, and the world of illusions. Pluto, of course, seems to pulsate as the higher octave of Mars, dealing in power, desire, legacy, and transformation. The outer planets influence us as a collective, and Neptune’s retrograde effects the grand illusion that is so god damn persistent.
Both Venus and Neptune deal in illusions. Venus is all about presentation; the face, the performance, the intoxicating bits of life. Neptune takes that a step further. She dives deep into the illusions and the illusive, teasing the mind in multi-dimensional ways. She is so beyond Venus’ intoxication that she represents addictions themselves.
But everything is an illusion. Right? We live our lives in socially constructed illusions, read books about illusions, and watch illusions on our television sets. The planet Neptune is the ruler of these woven fabrications. I guess you could say that Neptune rules over things that are maps of other things or things that are distractions. It rules over addiction, because addictions are things that bring illusion over hard to face realities.
Neptune influences music and dance. This reality is a dance. It is the flowing and weaving of particles, ever shifting and morphing into new things before vanishing once again into another form. With the mutable, soul spilling journey that we have been through, Neptune retrograding is giving us a moment of clarity that will reverberate through our existence very sharply. The 2 of cups tell us that we have poured ourselves into constructs heart and soul, and the shattering of those constructs is like losing a deeply seeded love. Truth cuts like a sword. Are you ready to plow through the things that will be revealed to you?
When Neptune goes retrograde, past deceptions creep out into the open. Don’t let what is revealed to you scare you back into old ways.
The Knight of Swords tells us to wield these truths like a weapon and plow through. The truth, like a sword, cuts you open. Keep this in mind. It takes a lot of courage to be able to go through this process. Your rational mind, as well as your intuitive mind, are going to be heightened during this time. With Neptune in retrograde, we will be able to feel each other’s energies in an almost overwhelming manner. This can be an interesting time for empathic individuals. AKA it’s gunna be a little bit nuts, but hang in there, fam. We have more warnings. The 8 of Swords tells us that addictions will be far more prevalent at this time. It is easy to collapse into a new fantasy if the frightening face of a situation is suddenly turned to you. As humans, we construct. We have been placed in a position where we must communicate our experiences to others but words can never show the full meaning of an experience. We are all stuck in this abyss, lost souls, and we only have each other as any real form of figuring out this great illusion.
Here’s the thing. You can intellectualize a thing as much as you’d like, but you will only ever have the map of it. To truly UNDERSTAND or KNOW something, one must EXPERIENCE this something. This will be a time of immersion. Neptune is about illusion because she likes to play. She likes to imagine what it would be like to be in any situation. It seems this retrograde will bring her into actually physically adventuring into these situations and seeing them for herself. Submit to a new experience. Dive into something or some people you have always wanted to understand. The art forms that Neptune rules are very immersive.
We alienate each other because we fear our realities being torn a part by others’ truths. This is the furthest thing from what we should be doing. During this period, we will be forced to confront the realities of others. Instead of outright attacking them, learn. What you learn first hand will arm you for your spiritual journey. You cannot evolve alone. We must all evolve together. Remember, Neptune is concerned about the collective. And Neptune is also concerned about love of the collective. Now let’s walk this retrograde in someone else’s shoes.
“We’re from the land of lost souls where no one knows where they’re going. Everybody floating. Seaweed in the ocean. Let the tide roll out and let it flow in.” – Batz Inda Belfry